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Stamped Holiday and Winter Nails from BPS

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Christmas Santa Design Nail Art Stamp Template

Christmas Santa Design Nail Art Stamp Template

The Born Pretty Store sent me a lovely little Christmas themed stamping plate for review, and I have it today to show you.  I know that it may seem a little early, but I wanted to get this review of the Christmas Santa Design Nail Art Stamp Template up so that you have the chance to order it in time to use it before Christmas.  I really like the designs on this plate, and I think that you will too.  The best part is that the designs are great, not just for Christmas, but the whole winter season as well.  Keep reading to see what I mean.

Christmas Themed Manicure

Christmas Themed Manicure

The first thing that jumps out at you when you look at this plate might be the Santa, or possibly the stockings or candy cane.  There are definitely several Christmas designs on the plate.  To get this look, I used Wet n Wild Megalast Nail Color in I Red a Good Book for the base color, then stamped with Sinful Colors Snow Me White and BPS black stamping polish.  My accent nail is China Glaze Ultamate Holiday with China Glaze Holly-Day for stamping.  I thought the stamping plate was very easy to use.  The stamps themselves applied pretty well with clear images and no real trouble.  The only issue I had was with the Christmas tree because Holly-Day wasn’t opaque enough to stand out over the glitter.  I stamped another layer over the first tree and was mostly able to line it up.  If it looks a little blurry, that’s why- it had nothing to do with the stamp itself.

Christmas Themed Manicure

Christmas Themed Manicure

If you are not familiar with nail stamping, here is a quick rundown of how it works.  Apply polish to the design of your choice.  Use a scraper or old gift card to remove excess polish from the plate.  Press the stamper (not included) onto the selected image to pick up the pattern.  Working quickly, transfer the design onto your fingernail by gently pressing the stamp onto one side of your nail and using a single rolling motion to apply the design.  It looks a lot more complicated than it is, and once you get the hang of it can be a lot of fun to experiment with different polishes and patterns.  Here is a completely different look using the same stamping plate.

Winter Snow Themed Manicure

Winter Snow Themed Manicure

As I said before, the Christmas Santa Design Nail Art Stamp Template can be used beyond Christmas.  This is a winter snow themed mani that would be perfect for January.  I was a little concerned with how the house would stamp since the lines are so fine, but it stamped perfectly on the first try.  To get this look I used Zoya Nail Polish in Neve for the base color, then stamped with Sinful Colors Snow Me White.  If you don’t celebrate Christmas, or don’t go for traditional red Santa type designs, this plate is still a good option for you.  If you look at the plate, you will see that there is even a cute little double bell design that would be perfect for a wedding.  There are 14 designs total on the plate, and the possibilities are endless.

BPS coupon code

BPS coupon code

The Christmas Santa Design Nail Art Stamp Template (QA19) is priced at $2.99 on the BPS website.  Just click on the link to find it.  Their prices are usually pretty good.  As I’ve mentioned in previous reviews, the Born Pretty Store is located in China, so shipping will take a while.  That is especially true right now because of some hold ups with customs.  Orders can take even longer that the typical 2-3 weeks, possibly as much as 5 weeks or more, so plan early.  If you want to order Holiday nail products from Born Pretty, I would do it as soon as possible.  On the upside, shipping is free worldwide with no minimum purchase amount, and orders ship within 24 hours.  Check out their website bornprettstore.com, or facebook page for more details.  For 10% off any regular priced items from the website, use coupon code BBBK31.  I am so pleased that Born Pretty sent this plate to me.  I will definitely be using it all through the Holiday season.

FTC Disclosure: The product reviewed in this post was provided to me for free by Born Pretty Store for consideration.  This does not guarantee a positive review, and my thoughts on these products are 100% honest.  No other type of compensation was accepted.

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E.l.f. Glitter Nail Polish in Dream Maker

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E.l.f. Glitter Nail Polish in Dream Maker

e.l.f. Glitter Nail Polish in Dream Maker

Today I have a quick review of e.l.f. Glitter Nail Polish in Dream Maker.  And, since Punxsutawney Phil predicted 6 more weeks of winter for Groundhog Day yesterday, I figured that I’d incorporate Dream Maker into a quick winter nail look.  First, the review.  There are seven shades in the Glitter polish line.  According to e.l.f.: “Accent your manicure with dazzling Glitter Nail Polish. Each glitter top coat features different glitter effects for a range of sparkling options that best reflect your personal style. The bristle design glides color on flawlessly, and quick dry formula gives perfect application every time. Key nutrients infused with Vitamin E for stronger, healthier nails.”  E.l.f. polishes are free of Toluene, Formaldehyde, and Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP).

E.l.f. Glitter Nail Polish in Dream Maker

e.l.f. Glitter Nail Polish in Dream Maker

Dream maker is a clear base with holographic glitter in two sizes, small round glitter and larger hexagon glitter.  At first I thought the smaller glitter was silver, but on the nail you can see that they too are indeed holographic.  The glitter does a really good job of flashing a wide range of colors when it hits the light in the right way.  You can definitely see greens and blues, as well as reds and yellows.  The formula is long-wearing and quite good for only a $2 polish.  I’ve gotten a solid 5-7 days of wear, so it’s a good topcoat in and of itself.  The larger hex glitters are decently populated for even application.  I didn’t feel the need to “place” them, but sticklers for evenness may still want to.  All in all, it’s a really good polish.

Dream Maker over NYX Fig

Dream Maker over NYX Fig

In light of out recent snowfall (I’m in NC),  I opted to do this winter nail look to reflect snow at night.  This is two coats of Dream Maker over NYX polish in Fig.  I could have gotten away with one coat of Dream Maker for a more subtle look, but I wanted to really sparkle.  I also feel like two coats is populated enough that I don’t have to place the glitter for it to look even enough for me.  I definitely recommend Dream Maker, as well as the rest of e.l.f.’s Glitter Nail Polish line.